PITTSBURGH — A convicted Pittsburgh drug dealer can have a private viewing of his daughter’s body in the courthouse, a federal judge ruled after prosecutors and marshals raised security and other concerns about letting the man go to a church viewing.
Ronnie Lubron Steave, 39, pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking Wednesday and was jailed at a federal detention center in northeastern Ohio to await sentencing. His daughter, 17-year-old Mysharri Millender, died in a car crash Sunday. Steave’s attorney asked that his client be allowed to go to her visitation at a city church.
Prosecutors objected, saying Steave is a risk to flee because he faces 15 years in prison and is a danger to the community. They also cited the costs of transporting him and securing the viewing.
Federal marshals told the court they frown upon such arrangements for security reasons, though they’ve done it when judges have insisted.
That’s why US District Judge Arthur Schwab crafted a compromise to have the girl’s body brought to the courthouse for a private viewing, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The judge ordered Steave’s family to pay for the transfer, and details were still being arranged Friday.
‘‘My client’s grateful that he’s going to be able to at least have this opportunity,’’ Steave’s attorney, Kenneth Haber, said in an interview. ‘‘I’m pleased the judge is allowing him to do this.’’